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Dick Dale and his Del-tones - A Swingin' Affair (OST)dotdot
artworkSome interesting and very obscure Dick Dale and his Del-tones tracks appear on the soundtrack to A Swingin' Affair. Aside from the three Dick dale tracks here, the music is from Douglas Lackey And Gene Kauer, who wrote and recorded many an unmemorable song for such films as Across the Great Divide (1976), Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966), The Unkissed Bride, Brother of the Wind, The Adventures of the Wilderness Family (1975), Take Ten, Brother of the Wind (1973), Across the Great Divide (1976), The Fan Tan King, Swamp Girl (1971), Hell of Borneo (1966), The Proud and the Damned (1972), Fortress of the Dead (1965), Warkill (1968), The Silent Witness (1962), Stage Door Ben #28, and The Glory of Khan (1984) to name a few.

I'm not sure I can say much different from the widely distributed reviews of this film, so here it is from YouTube and a million others: A real turkey 'A Swingin Affair', from AllMovie.com" An athletic college student, the son of a steamship magnate, keeps quiet about his profession as a famous boxer until he decides to help his friends earn money for a wild summer vacation, and from TheVideoBeat.com: It's Dick Dale and his Del Tones rockin' on film—and in an acting role! "Raging Bull meets Surf Rock on Campus!" A college pledge attending a cool school dance where all the kids are twisting their butts off, secretly leaves the shindig to fight as "Kid Gallant" the prizefighter! Why does he fight? To raise money for his hoity-toity college fraternity initiation dues! He returns to the dance (he didn't take a shower!) and hides the fact that he's a "crumb bum" boxer from his fraternity brothers and all the hot babes. Dick Dale rocks on "Miserlou," "A Swingin' Affair" and others! Dick Dale, Arlene Judge, William Wellman, Jr., Sandra Gale Bettin, Bynes Barron, Susan Sturidge, Teri Garr, Ernie De La Fuente. A Swingin' Affair!

Dick's acting leaves a great deal to be desired.
Picks: Miserlou Twist, Untitled #1, A Swingin' Affair, Untitled #2, Untitled #3, Untitled #4, Untitled #5, Untitled #6, Untitled #7, A Swingin' Affair, Untitled #8, Closing Sequence

Track by Track Review


Miserlou Twist dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This live performance of "Miserlou" is an edit of the undubbed tapes from the 1962 Rendezvous Ballroom session used for Surfer's Choice. As I fully expected, it's so much stronger without the violins overdubbed. This is all over the web these days. Dick's superb playing and the immediacy of the live band are quite powerful. Too cool!

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Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Plunky and kinda dumb, this guitar run is used over and over in the film. It doubles speed a verse in with piano added, then the rest of the band comes in sounding so very studio session contrived. It's very beach party movie-esq. Fun, but forgettable.

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Surf (Vocal)

"A Swingin' Affair (vocal)" is sung as only Dick Dale can. My guess is that he did this live at times. It's a shallow and mushy song with Dick's surf guitar gently plucking with reverb in tow.

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Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is an incredible short scene change stinger. Cool and spunky.

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Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The slow portion of this theme is done here with actual reverb on the second guitar, and oboe is added for mood. The surf breaks throughout in an after dark moody kinda way. This is really pretty cool!

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Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A car's engine warms up as this song comes on. A cool bass line and beat launch what becomes a fairly unremarkable back track to the scene. The piano and picked bass stand out.

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Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Soft and sad piano play an intro the another arrangement of the same song that yields to bass and guitar.

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Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Super brief sequence of guitar and band.

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Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a slow and moody number with saucy sax and near surf guitar, and a riff that's slightly reminiscent of "Exodus" and a bunch of classic pop-rock numbers. Interesting, but not really memorable, aside from some nasty sax lines.

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Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's slithery muted guitar romps atop a sax lead instrumental version of the title song. Clearly identifiable as Dick's playing, with a tasty if jammy guitar break. Nice obscurity.

Immediately following is Dick's acting debut, which made O.J. Simpson look like a pro.

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Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a short sax honker interlude piece. Nothing to write home about.

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Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The closing sequence music is almost as sappy as the closing scene of the film. Giving new meaning to cheesy, this is just so mushy. Yukk-O!